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Music at Bishop Justus Church of England School

Course description

Students will be studying the three main strands of music: performing, composing and listening/analysis. Performance consists of various recorded performances throughout the course leading up to one solo recital that is assessed externally. Composition requires students to complete a portfolio of set exercises giving them flexibility in the number of projects they submit, ensuring every student has the opportunity to show what they are capable of. They also then have the opportunity to show off their creative flair in the more substantial free composition. For listening and analysis, students get the chance to put all their theoretical and historical information about music to good use. A number of areas of study and set works are analysed in detail including film music, popular styles and jazz.

Entry requirements

Students will need at least a B grade in GCSE Music and in additiona they should play a musical instrument or sing to Grade 6 standard or equivalent.

Assessment

Unit 1 (AS): Perform one or more solo piece(s) lasting 5-6 minutes (30% AS, 15% A2)

Unit 2 (AS): Compose a piece to a brief provided by the exam board (30% AS, 15% A2)

Unit 3 (AS): 1hr 45min listening paper 40% (AS) 20% (A2). Respond to structured questions on the Set Works studied as a class.

Unit 4 (A2): Recital (12-15 minutes) 30%

Unit 5 (A2): One compositional techniques exercise in addition to one free composition or two free compositions 30%

Unit 6 (A2): Answer five questions based on the extended Area of Study and the new Area of Study (2 hours) 40%

Future opportunities

This course could complement other advanced level courses or be used to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Music, which could lead onto higher education to study Music related courses or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Music such as a Music Composer, Musician, Sound Technician or you may wish to use your music ability for recreational purposes. You could also go straight into a job as the AS/A2 GCE is a recognised qualification that will provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to access a music related career or seek employment in lots of other industries. This course could complement other advanced level courses or be used to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Music, which could lead onto higher education to study Music related courses or more general higher education courses.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please speak with Mentors, Subject Leaders, Connexions Personal Adviser or careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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